Airlift Assistance to Pakistan: An Action Against India?: US Explains

Airlift Assistance to Pakistan: An Action Against India?: US Explains
Airlift Assistance to Pakistan: An Action Against India?: US Explains

The country has explained that the US providing assistance including spare parts to Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets should not be considered as an act against India.

The United States has decided to distribute hardware, software and components worth $450 million (about Rs. 3,575 crore) to Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets.

Former US President Donald Trump’s administration has completely suspended military and financial aid to Pakistan citing its support for terrorism. However, the current President Joe Biden administration has re-opened the doors of military assistance to Pakistan, which has caused displeasure to India.

Pakistan said the supply was needed for counter-terrorism operations. However, the central government believes that Pakistan can use the hardware, software and components for activities against India.

In this regard, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his concern over the phone to US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin.

India took a stand against the US on the Russia-Ukraine war issue. This is believed to be the US stance against India due to reasons including buying crude oil from Russia at concessional prices.

In this regard, Elle Ratna, Secretary of State for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs of the US Department of Defense, told reporters in Washington on Thursday:

US providing assistance including spare parts to Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets should not be considered as an act against India or as retaliation for India’s good relations with Russia. It is related to military cooperation between USA and Pakistan. He said that America has already explained to India in this regard.

Russia calls for an end to the war:

Welcome to Modi’s comment

Washington, Sept. 23: The United States has welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war with Ukraine.

The United States said that Prime Minister Modi’s comments that ‘this is not the time for war’ give hope and happiness.

When Prime Minister Modi met Russian President Putin on the sidelines of the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, he urged an end to the war with Ukraine.

The US Department of Defense’s Undersecretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Elle Ratna told reporters in Washington:

A peaceful solution to the Ukraine problem should be found quickly; India’s commitment to hold further talks for this is welcome. America has the same commitment. Prime Minister Modi’s comments in this regard give hope and happiness.

The United States has openly recognized India’s long-standing defense partnership with Russia and India’s efforts to increase its arms count and boost domestic defense production. The US is also exploring ways to help India’s efforts in domestic defense manufacturing. He said that talks are going on on both sides regarding the opportunities for this.


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